This year, the Writers’ Society honors two philhellenes with its awards. The distinguished Austrian historian and university student Hagen Fleischer, who since 1985 has also acquired Greek citizenship, is awarded the “Dido Sotiriou” prize. Rodrick Beaton, the leading British modernist and professor of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature, is awarded the Daedalus Prize.

Hagen Fleischer who has been awarded the prize was born in Vienna. He studied (History, Communication / Media) at the Free University of Berlin, where he wrote his doctoral dissertation. Since 1979 he has been teaching 20th Century History at the Universities of Crete and Athens and was probably the first to introduce silent or censored topics into university teaching in the 1940s. In 1985 he became a Greek citizen, while he has represented our country in many research programs and committees.

Born in Edinburgh, Rodrick Beaton studied English Philology at Peterhouse, Cambridge, and later completed his doctoral dissertation on Greek folk song at the same university. From 1988 to 2018 he was a professor at the Korai Chair of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature at King’s College London and from 2012 to 2018 he was the director of the Center for Greek Studies at the same university where he remains an emeritus professor. In 2019, the President of the Republic awarded him the Order of the Brigadier General of the Order of Honor.